The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has completed the piloting of the Mineral Production Reporting Monitoring System with the major mines on the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces.
ZRA Commissioner General, Kingsley Chanda said the testing and piloting of the Mineral Production Reporting Module has been successfully conducted with the major mining companies and will be launched soon.
Responding to a media press query, Mr. Chanda said once launched and fully operational, the Mineral Production Reporting System will substitute the current manual process were mining companies travel to Lusaka to submit their monthly returns.
Mr. Chanda stated that the Mineral Production Reporting tool, which is part of the Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES) will enable mines to do online submission of the mandatory monthly Mineral Production reports to the Ministry of Mines and other Government Agencies.
He noted that the piloting and testing of the Mineral Production Reporting Tool was done in four phases saying the first phase involved the piloting and training of users at Lubambe Copper Mines, Chambishi Copper Smelter and Luanshya Copper Mines.
“The mining companies in the second pilot included Chibuluma Copper Mine, NFCA Copper Mining Company and Sino Metals. The third phase of the pilot drew the three mining companies from North-western province; FQM Kalumbila Copper Mine, Lumwana Copper Mining and FQM Kansanshi Mine while the fourth and final phase was conducted with Konkola Copper Mine, Mopani Copper Mine and Chambishi Metals”, stated Chanda.
The rolling out of the Mineral Production Reporting System comes at the time when President Edgar Lungu has been calling for the implementation of the mineral production monitoring mechanism to enable government get full view of the Mineral Value Chain.
The project’s primary task is to design and implement a multi-institutional, multi-purpose and multi-stakeholder framework for monitoring of the country’s mineral value chain from exploration to export.